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Broadcaster and journalist Tom Heap investigates the biggest environmental stories and issues with guests and Sky News correspondents.

ClimateCast with Tom Heap Sky News

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    • 4.2 • 62 Ratings

Broadcaster and journalist Tom Heap investigates the biggest environmental stories and issues with guests and Sky News correspondents.

    Cows or solar? The lucrative future for farmland

    Cows or solar? The lucrative future for farmland

    Solar farms in the UK only account for 0.1% of land – that's less than that of golf courses. But, as the government aims to meet its clean energy targets, more agricultural land is being lost to solar panels.

    On this episode of ClimateCast, Tom Heap visits farmer Andrew Dakin, whose family have farmed the same land for 94 years, but now, his landlord is selling up to make room for a solar farm.

    Tom speaks to Andrew about how not just his job, but his livelihood is at risk - and Georgia, who grew up nearby and has launched a community campaign to help save the farm.

    Plus, Chris Hewitt – Solar Energy UK’s Chief Executive – explains how solar farms are a necessary part of the energy transition and how agriculture will be at risk of climate change without urgent action, including more solar energy.

    Producers: Emma Rae Woodhouse and Gemma Watson
    Assistant Producer: Iona Brunker
    Editor: Paul Stanworth

    • 20 min
    Can the private jet industry really clean itself up?

    Can the private jet industry really clean itself up?

    Multi-millionaire musician Taylor Swift had two private jets - until she sold one of them just a week before her lawyers sent a cease and desist letter to the creator of social media accounts that log take-offs and landings of planes and helicopters owned by public figures.

    So, on this episode of ClimateCast, Tom Heap visits a private jet investors conference in London to find out just how climate un-friendly these jets are, and what the industry says it's going to do about it.
    Tom speaks to industry leaders, including Steve Varsano is the founder of The Jet Business, which has a street front corporate aircraft showroom and almost two million TikTok followers.

    Plus, Todd Smith, a former airline pilot, now climate activist and Extinction Rebellion spokesperson, shares his experience of trying to make the industry more sustainable.

    Producers: Emma Rae Woodhouse and Luke Denne

    • 25 min
    Could a scotch egg help solve climate change? 

    Could a scotch egg help solve climate change? 

    On this episode of ClimateCast, Tom Heap visits the home of afternoon tea, Fortnum and Mason, but there's something different about the menu.

    Its scotch egg is made from cultivated meat – that's meat grown in a lab.

    He speaks to the scientists behind the product to find out how it was made and explores if this could be a solution to our polluting meat and dairy industry - which accounts for 14% of greenhouse gas emissions globally.

    Cultivated meat is technically not yet legal in the UK - but as pressure mounts to change our diet - could this be the future? And where does that leave farmers?

    Producers: Emma Rae Woodhouse and Gemma Watson
    Editor: Wendy Parker

    • 21 min
    Chris Skidmore - The Tory climate rebel who quit parliament

    Chris Skidmore - The Tory climate rebel who quit parliament

    The government's plan to grant new oil and gas licences every year has passed its latest hurdle in parliament.

    The bill's supporters say it will improve energy security, as the UK still relies heavily on fossil fuels. Critics, however, argue it will not cut energy bills and instead will break the UK's promise to phase out fossil fuels.

    One of those critics is Chris Skidmore who recently resigned as a Conservative MP over the government's net zero strategy and its decision to boost new oil and gas production.

    On this episode of ClimateCast, Mr Skidmore, who led the independent government review into net zero, sits down with Sky's science and technology editor Tom Clarke.

    They discuss the reasons behind his decision to quit, the 'culture war' attached to net zero and the realities the UK faces getting there.

    • 20 min
    Are heat pumps worth it?

    Are heat pumps worth it?

    Heating accounts for a third of emissions in the UK, meaning we have to ditch our favourite fuel, gas. The Government's alternative? The heat pump.

    But despite installations being on the rise, the UK is much behind it's European neighbours on the number of heat pumps being installed each year. So why are we so slow? Is it the price, reluctance to change - or do heat pumps have a bad name?

    On this week's ClimateCast Tom Heap finds out the truth about heat pumps. He debunks some myths, sees one being installed, and meets a customer who recently made the change.

    He speaks to Mike Foster from energy and utilities alliance about why he believes heat pumps aren't the only option - as well as Lord Callanan about the misinformation surrounding heat pumps.

    Producer: Emma Rae Woodhouse

    • 22 min
    Mineral mining: Going deep underground to protect what's above

    Mineral mining: Going deep underground to protect what's above

    More than 1,000m underground is one of Britain's deepest mines. But it's not coal they're mining in North Yorkshire. It's a mineral that could help fight climate change.

    On this week's ClimateCast, Tom Heap explores the tunnels way beneath the North Sea bed to find out if what lies under the ground can help protect the atmosphere above.

    He discovers how miners are extracting polyhalite, a fertiliser that emits 85% less emissions than its counterparts, and learns why a multi-billion pound project is under way to extract more.

    Above ground, he's joined by professor of soil erosion and conservation, Jane Rickson from Cranfield University, to discuss the state and significance of the ground beneath our feet.

    Producers: Emma Rae Woodhouse
    Editor: Philly Beaumont

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

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Ectinct Golden toad

Just love hearing Christiana Figueres, very optimistic climatecast.

YsiBe ,

Poor choice of adverts

Episode itself was ok but was surprised that the first advert was for BP and the second for EasyJet! Another outlet for big polluters to greenwash😕

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Today

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I went to the park.
I saw a girl.
We were friends.
We had fun.

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